Bleary eyed with no coffee is not a good start to the day at 6 am! But boy was we glad to get out of that lay by, then a few metres up the road we came across at least three nice places to pull over into…..always the way when you don’t know what is round the next corner.

As we drove through Orthez we looked for the next road we needed but no signs had that road on after looking for a while we changed the Tom Tom to the next town and decided to follow that and then change back to our original route. Well, even though I had updated ALL maps etc the Tom Tom took us to a road that was shut as they were building a new bridge so it was about turn back the way we came, the turning circle was extremely narrow with drops either side so I did a three-point turn in about six!

We did eventually find our way to the next town, then stopping for petrol, drink and food. The next drive was a long one ending up at Alicante…hopefully!

Now considering Lynda has done this drive probably a good ten times I did not see any problems……first mistake lol. We did not drive over The Pyrenees but came through the towns lower down which is a far nicer drive.

The signs for Alicante appeared then appeared again and kept appearing but we did not get to Alicante but we did get to the P7, not that that was any help what so ever. Lynda did not recognise any of the towns or places nor did I, where were we?

It then got worse as we needed more petrol it was late, garages were shut, this place did not look good if you get my meaning, Lynda is saying oh no don’t worry it’s just the Spanish they all sit outside their homes as it’s hot, I was not convinced. We saw three garages over the other side of the road so we drove down to the roundabout came back up the other side, obviously we must have come up the wrong road as all the garages disappeared, never to be seen again! THEN the light came on, we did not have any petrol, Lynda asked a Spanish bloke who carried on talking on his phone and didn’t seem to know his own name let alone where the nearest garage was! I did not do much better as the bloke I asked was drunk 😵 but he did say up the road! No choice in the matter let’s go up the road, the garage was shut but then over the road there is one that is open, but got to get over there, then could only see the exit!

So the petrol was bought, as I was filling the tank I looked at the cupboard at the side of the camper which opens into the under part of the bed….IT WAS OPEN, I SENT Lynda to see if there was anyone in there, well you never know, she did say that we were not in Calais lol 😆 Everything was still in there so we locked it again.


Lynda went in to the attendant and asked what town we were in…lol. He said Alicante! We have both been to Alicante a number of times and have never seen any of the areas that we saw that night.

We had never been on or seen this road ever and to be honest we never want to see it again. The day is coming to an end and we are still not there, what is going on! We set the Tom Tom up with a new route so we did finally get out of Alicante on the road we needed.

You have to laugh or we would have cried, well I would lol.


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